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a birthday in parque de las papas

Claire Kraemer, Participant

Yak of the Week

as we prepared to meet the group, I realized grace and I were running incredibly late for our hike. when we arrived at our meeting place, I was met by warm hugs and singing of happy birthday. at the end, I blew out a lighter that was placed on a jar......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Paru Paru

Zoe, Participant

The views in Paru Paru were so stunning that when we arrived people thought that we were looking at a Mac screensaver. My experience there was more different than anything else I have ever experienced. Although I felt cold pretty much the entire......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Returning to the Sacred Valley!

The Instructors, Instructor

The skies over our heads have been welcoming the first rains of the season. Our hearts are full from our community-oriented experience in Paru Paru, Parque de la Papa. Community leaders Mario and Celestino welcomed us with open arms and hearts and......Read More

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Photos from Paru Paru

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and family, The instructors have sent along the following photos from their time in the community of Paru Paru in Parque de la Papa.  They have been taking day hikes, learning about medicinal plants and traditional farming in the......Read More

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Update from Parque de la Papa!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear family and friends, These photos and a brief message came in from the instructors today about their stay in Parque de la Papa: The group is doing really well and enjoying the time here. Today we learned how to plant potatoes and also did some......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Monopoly with another brother

Claire Kraemer, Participant

the homestay is a key part of my semester here in South America, but it was always the part that made me the most nervous. the way I looked at it, I could just keep walking on treks and be ok. in a homestay I had to sit in awkward silence as I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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The Little Things

Gillian Bell, Participant

Hello everyone! I am currently sitting in a stall of an internet cafe surrounded by teenage boys playing video games. It is our last night in Urumbamba and our last night at our respective homestays which I think we all had a little trepidation......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Never Have I Ever……

Grace Berrien, Participant

¡Hola! This is my first yak, so we will see how this goes! Since September 15, I have been doing so many things that I have never done before. I am super stoked about all that I am doing/have done up to this point. This trip is really helping me......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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End of first homestay

Clemente, Participant

Hello yak and family, Today is the last night of our first homestay. Its gonna be sad leaving, I got really close with my host family and especially my host brother. I taught him a card game I play back home with my family and we play all the time,......Read More

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Farming in the Sacred Valley

Raquel, Instructor

Our group headed towards Calca, a small town just 30 minutes away from Urubamba. During the ride we enjoyed the snow streaked and pointy peaks that jutted through the sacred valley with apparent ease. I was trying to imagine the amount of snow that......Read More

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Daily Life in Urubamba

Lxs Instructores, Instructor

After our orientation at the beautiful and tranquil Ccatan Ecolodge and our high altitude trek to Lares, it was time for some daily routine. On Monday, we met our new host families and were introduced to our new homes. Most students were quite......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Confronting Privilege

Zoe, Participant

Our instructors warned us that going into our homestays we might recieve questions that make us uncomforatble. When Elly told us that a host sibiling might ask us how much college in the US costs we would not know how to answer. I never thought too......Read More

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Goodbye to Frank

Lxs Instructorxs, Instructor

Hola friends and family, Today we say goodbye to Frank, our trusted instructor from the Sacred Valley. He has provided invaluable information to instructors and students alike about the land, culture, and language we are immersing ourselves into. We......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Be Bold, Start Cold

Claire Kraemer, Participant

the group rose at 6 in the morning to eat, get our gear to the mules, and begin our trek. the night before we had been told we would be rising around 2,000 meters in the air, and walking the entire day. and walking uphill. we ate our last meal of......Read More

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Embracing The Unknown in Urubamba

Tash, Participant

¡Hola from Urubamba! I have struggled quite a bit with figuring out just exactly what to write for my first personal yak post since arriving in Peru. However, as I was plopped down at the breakfast table this morning having cafe y pán as I tried......Read More